What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow, contrary to what the name suggests, is rarely caused by playing tennis! It’s the common name for a condition called lateral epicondylitis.
In medical terms, anything with -itis at the end of it means “inflammation of”. So lateral epicondylitis is inflammation of the lateral epicondyle – the bony prominence in the elbow that the forearm extensor muscle group attaches to.
Excessive contraction of the extensor muscles, which leads to increased tension of those muscles, can cause inflammation of the tendon and its attachment point. Once the tendon is inflamed, it gets pretty painful to use those muscles. Everyday activities like gripping, extending the wrist (bending it backwards) and pronating the forearm (rolling it inwards) become weak and painful.
A trained remedial massage therapist can help by releasing the tension in the extensor muscles and other muscles around the elbow, as well as providing mobility in the elbow joint and working on exercises to minimise the problem.
Check out the brief video above to hear one of our remedial massage therapists, Wendy Watkins, explain how we can help tennis elbow sufferers here at the clinic.
If you’d like to book in to see a massage therapist to get your tennis elbow looked at, click the button below to book online or call us on 9743 2311.